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Summer JumpStart Program starts at Northwestern


Student Support Services summer JumpStart program June participants and staff are (back row, from left) Dr. Dennis Angle, Demetri Wilson, Collin Zink, Isaiah Sumlin, Arturo Cisneros, Tra'Mon Jackson; (front row) Autumn Roberts, Klaycie Rauch, Michelyn Hurrieta, Rachael Richardson, Rosa Guel. Not pictured is Adriana Guel.

Members of Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Student Support Services began their summer JumpStart program on the Alva campus June 3. This is the third year for the summer program, which will finish on July 24.

The students from Alva, Blackwell, Cashion, Choctaw, Cleo Springs, Fort Supply, Longdale, Midwest City and Turpin attend classes Monday through Wednesday. Six students are attending the June math session, and nine students are attending the July English session. All of these students will be college freshmen at Northwestern in the fall.

"I couldn't be more pleased about the progress and success of JumpStart,'" Dr. Dennis Angle, Student Support Services director, said. "This program is a collaborative effort – the instructors (Keenan Meeker and Dr. Jennifer Page) along with their department heads (Dr. Tim Maharry, professor of mathematics and Dr. Kathryn Lane, associate professor of English), Dr. James Bell (associate vice president for academics and dean of faculty), Calleb Mosburg (dean of student affairs and enrollment management) and our office make it happen."

Angle said the summer JumpStart program is an attempt to help first-generation, low income students obtain a brief sample of college life, complete one or two developmental courses and learn the skills necessary for university success.

During the program, the students also attend workshops addressing stress management, test preparedness, financial literacy, time management, Blackboard, studying skills, university life and more.

Student Support Services staff working with the summer program include program advisers Rosa Guel and Demetri Wilson, administrative assistant Rachael Richardson, and serving as student peer coaches are Northwestern sophomore Adriana Guel of Los Angeles, California, and freshman Michelyn Hurrieta of Longdale.

Instructors this year include:

• Beginning Algebra – Keenan Meeker, instructor of mathematics at Northwestern

• Composition I with a lab – Dr. Jennifer Page, assistant professor of English at Northwestern

The students are staying in university housing while on campus and eating their meals in Coronado Café.

For more information on Northwestern's Student Support Services program, please contact Angle at or 580-327-8119.


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